Katie owns Katie Payer Consulting, which provides clients with focused and high-quality support in creating engaging, thoughtful, and impactful programs to fill the void in events and company content. Previously, Katie was the VP of Communications at Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Katie graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in marketing and communication. She resides in Denver with her husband, daughter, and son.
Timothy Welland is the Development Manager of Palisade Partners, LLC, a boutique real estate development firm operating in Central Denver and Summit County, where he overseas many facets of Palisade’s development projects. Mr. Welland graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. in Economics and has lived in Colorado since 2007.
Katie Peterson is a Senior Principal in Accenture’s Communications and High-tech Strategy practice. Her experience includes consulting to software and telecommunications companies where she has helped clients in the areas of growth strategy, go-to-market strategy and merger integration.
Adam Sands is an Executive Vice President for FirstBank, specializing in real estate lending. He currently serves on the Denver Civic Ventures Board for the Downtown Denver Partnership and is an active member of multiple committees. Adam is also a Board Member of the KATA Foundation. Adam received his degree in Business from the University of Northern Colorado and a Graduate Banking degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, WA.
Brian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor dedicated to the growth and development of helping professionals, inclusive learning and community partnerships, and best practices for client and worker success. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Social Work, and sits on various boards and committees at the school.
Janae has her degree in Graphic Design from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She has extensive experience in program management, corporate event planning, fundraising, and brand management. She is currently a full-time mom and volunteers in multiple community organizations. Janae enjoys traveling, bike riding, and sailing with her husband and two young daughters.
Jeffrey is a partner and intellectual property trial lawyer at Lewis Brisbois. He earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Toledo in 1995. Jeffrey is also an adjunct legal professor and has authored over 100 articles and a book on social, political, and legal issues. He currently sits on the board of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado and Denver Delta, Inc.
K.C. holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is presently the Traffic Standards and Specifications Manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. K.C. is very active in the Denver Metro Area and has received numerous community service awards for his work. He and his wife of 25+ years, Mary, have three children (one a YouthRoots alumnae!) and one granddaughter.
Keala is a senior at DSST: Byers High School where she’s an athlete and a student equity advocate - roles she takes seriously as part of her school’s founding class. She enjoys writing for her school newspaper and working in a tutoring program she co-founded. She is especially passionate about STEM education and encouraging others to become leaders in their own unique ways.
Kevin is a Partner and CFO of Oakwood Real Estate Partners, LLC, a Denver-based real estate investment company. His career in real estate and finance began in New York after getting his BS in Business from CU Boulder. He also has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Kevin now lives in Stapleton with his wife, Brooke, and their three children.
Lacey’s long-standing passion with youth philanthropy began in high school in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Neuroscience and went on to earn her teaching certificate. In 2010, Lacey decided it was time to follow her true passion, inspiring youth to act on their big ideas. Lacey enjoys spending time with her three daughters and husband, as well as sailing, skiing, and hiking.
Melanie Zhou is a senior at ThunderRidge High School. She currently serves as the Co-Founder of Oasis Mental Health and Colorado FBLA State Vice President of Education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, watching movies, and listening to music. Due to her passion for Oasis, mental health, and business, Melanie hopes to become a neuroscience entrepreneur illuminating the unknowns of the brain.
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Miguel has a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver. He has worked directly with low-income and at-risk youth in various capacities. Miguel is currently a Senior Program Officer with the Daniels Fund, one of the largest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain region. At home, he enjoys watching Star Wars movies with his daughter.